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18 Beauty Products That Models and MUAs Swear by Backstage at Fashion Week

London Fashion Week is officially over, and this season served a whole load of stunning beauty looks. From the bejewelled, studded eye looks at Simone Rocha to Molly Goddard’s sky-high ponytails, the London looks for A/W22 were truly exceptional. But while I was tiptoeing my way through the backstage crowds last week at Emilia Wickstead to see if I could grab a few seconds with the lead makeup artist Naoko Scintu (she was creating the beauty look with By Terry), I realised something quite important: fashion week beauty has barely changed.

No, I’m not talking about the looks that make it onto the catwalk, but rather the backstage heroes that makeup artists and models swear by to see them through fashion month. As I scanned the tables, analysed the contents of spilled kit bags and caught quick glances whenever a model opened up their handbag, it hit me that throughout the many years that I have attended fashion week, the products that beauty insiders lean on have remained more or less unchanged.

Insider Beauty Products: Emilia Wickstead AW22 Backstage

Photo:

KAY JORDAN COURTESY OF BY TERRY

From glow-boosting moisturisers and lip-smoothing balms to strand-setting hairsprays and cuticle-softening oils, there are a whole bunch of beauty products that carry fashion month along, without necessarily making the headlines. Keep scrolling for the insider beauty products that I see crop up season after season.

MAKEUP

1. Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow
Dior
Dior Addict Lip Glow
£30
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These tinted lip balms are a model favourite at fashion week. Constant makeup changes and fighting the elements outside can understandably turn models’ lips dry. These tinted balms deliver hydrating nourishment and are available in a variety of pretty shades that leave behind a subtle, pretty stain. 

2. Mac Studio Face & Body Foundation

Mac Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation
Mac Cosmetics
Studio Face and Body Foundation
£32
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I can’t think of a single makeup artist that doesn’t have a bottle of this stuff in their kit. It can be used on both the face and body (hence the name) to blur the skin without looking like stage makeup. It leaves skin looking like skin but just that little bit smoother.

3. By Terry Brightening CC Serum

By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum
By Terry
Cellularose Brightening CC Serum
£61
£49
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By Terry’s Brightening CC Serum can often be found in makeup artists’ kits thanks to its multi-use qualities. Either apply under foundation for a glowing finish or tap onto high points as a subtle, sheeny highlight. It can also be blended onto collarbones, shins and shoulders for extra body glow. 

4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Elizabeth Arden
Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
£29
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Although typically used as a cuticle, lip or dry skin balm, I have lost count of the amount of makeup artists I know that use Eight Hour Cream as a natural-looking dewy highlight. Simply work into fingers and tap onto the high points of the cheeks for a summery, dewy look that doesn’t contain any shimmer. 

SKINCARE

5. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Cream

Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Cream
Egyptian Magic
All-Purpose Cream
£29
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Every makeup artist worth their weight in gold has a pot of this super-nourishing cream to hand at all times. Use it as a makeup primer to get skin looking hydrated and healthy, rub into elbows and knees to eliminate dryness or use as an ultra-rich overnight mask for a big event—you can expect glowing skin every single time. 

6. 111Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

111Skin Rose Gold Brigtening Facial Treatment Mask
111Skin
Rose Gold Brigtening Facial Treatment Mask
£12
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It’s all too normal to walk backstage at a fashion week show and see lines of models kitted out with one of these sheet masks. The in-house pros at 111Skin are know for their skin-prepping, glow-boosting magic, and this particular sheet mask is a fashion week favourite. With rose extract and 24 carat gold, it’s one of the most skin-smoothing, hydrating, brightening masks around. 

7. Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food
Weleda
Skin Food
£14
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When it comes to makeup primers, this rich face cream goes unrivalled thanks to its dew-giving results. Slather your face in a layer of this before applying your makeup and your base will melt into skin seamlessly, creating a second-skin finish—makeup artists and models swear by this trick. 

8. Fraicheur Ice Globes

Fraicheur Ice Globes
Fraicheur
Ice Globes
£60
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Models have to look their very best before stepping out onto the catwalk, so it’s very common to see top facialists working away on models’ faces backstage. Typically, models run on very little sleep over fashion week and are operating on jam-packed schedules. In order to depuff and invigorate complexions, these ice globes are rolled over the skin with a hydrating serum to create some slip. 

9. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Multi-Purpose Moisturiser
Embryolisse
Lait-Crème Concentré Multi-Purpose Moisturiser
£20
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Another makeup artist-favourite primer, this French pharmacy find hydrates the skin before makeup application to eliminate dry patches and prevent patchiness with the base.

10. Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water

Bioderma Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water
Bioderma
Sensibio Cleansing Micellar Water
£16
£11
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Not only do models swear by this stuff for quick and easy makeup removal between shows, but makeup artists also often have a bottle on hand to tidy up any mistakes. 

11. Carmex Lip Pot

Carmex Lip Pot Original
Carmex
Lip Pot Original
£3
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Lip balms can be expensive, but beauty insiders know that nothing beats a good old pot of Carmex. 

HAIR

12. ghd Platinum+ Black Straighteners

Ghd Platinum+ Black Straighteners
Ghd
Platinum+ Black Straighteners
£219
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All of those avant-garde fashion week hairstyles require the very best tools, and that’s where the ghd Platinum+ Styler comes in. Adored by hairstylists everywhere, these multi-use stylers really are the best of the best.

13. L’Oréal Paris Hairspray by Elnett

L'Oréal Paris Hairspray by Elnett for Normal Hold & Shine
L’Oréal Paris
Hairspray by Elnett for Normal Hold & Shine
£7
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You might think that celebrity and session stylists having an array of high-end products that they rely on to keep their hair creations in place, but you’d be wrong. Most stylists swear by L’Oréal Paris Elnett thanks to its long-holding properties. 

14. Schwarzkopf got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray

Schwarzkopf got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
Schwarzkopf
got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
£4
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Speaking of long-holding properties, there isn’t a single hair product out there that can keep hair in place quite as well as this product—and that’s the reason there’s almost always a can of this on every set I’ve ever set foot on. 

15. Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
Color Wow
Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
£26
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This product is a real unsung hero. Celebrity hair stylists such as Chris Appleton (yes, he’s the Kardashian’s go-to), reach for this to create high-shine, glass-like styles. Just spray over lengths and behold next-level shine. 

16. L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Pli Shaper

L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.ART Pli Shaper
L’Oréal Professionnel
Tecni.ART Pli Shaper
£17
£14
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Backstage at fashion week, you’re sure to see heated tools aplenty. From straighteners to curling tongs, models have to put their hair through the wringer to achieve the desired styles. Thanks to the thermo-setting aspects of this clever spray, stylists can cut back on add-on styling time. Just spritz onto hair, heat style and watch on as it stays in place for good. 

NAILS

17. Nailberry L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer
Nailberry
L’Oxygene Nail Lacquer
£15
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Nailberry polishes are possibly amongst the most popular backstage at fashion week. Not only are they easy to paint with, but they also come in countless shades—there’s an option for every occasion. 

18. CND Solaroil Treatment

CND Solaroil Treatment
CND
Solaroil Treatment
£14
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Dry nails and cuticles have to be kept healthy at all times, but especially when they’ve been subjected to super-speedy manicures twice a day. During fashion week, models’ nails face stick-on adhesive, harsh removers and an array of other damaging techniques. This oil is option spotted around to keep nails and cuticles soft as can be. 

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